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Steve Yeowell

Steve Yeowell
Nationality British
Area(s) Penciller
Notable works
The Red Seas

Steve Yeowell is a British comics artist, well known for his work on the long-running science fiction and fantasy weekly comic 2000 AD.


  • Biography 1
  • Bibliography 2
  • Awards 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Having trained in 3D design (specialising in silversmithing and jewellery), Yeowell began drawing comics purely for pleasure, with no particular intention to become a professional artist. Having shown his portfolio to artist Bryan Talbot, he quickly found himself given work by Swiftsure (on the Lieutenant Fl'ff strip). After this, he worked on a "dummy comic" David Lloyd was creating for Fleetway called Fantastic Adventure. This was his first meeting with writer Grant Morrison, who was writing the California Crew strip ("loosely based on the A-Team") Yeowell was drawing. While Fantastic Adventure wasn't picked up, John Higgins asked Yeowell to help him with a music magazine's comic strip off the back of it and, afterwards, helped him get work at Marvel UK. He started on Spider-Man and Zoids before doing Action Force[1] and later ThunderCats.

On Zoids, he worked with Morrison again and as a result, Morrison picked Yeowell to be the sole artist on new superhero strip Zenith, to run in 2000 AD beginning in 1987.

Zenith was a popular success, running to four full-length series plus several one-offs. Yeowell was headhunted by American comics companies and has worked on Batman, The Fantastic Four, The Invisibles,[2] JSA and Starman. He continued his association with Morrison, collaborating on Sebastian O and The New Adventures of Hitler.

Yeowell's work is noted for delicate penmanship and lifelike facial expressions, with a notable economy of style that means that his work suits both colour and monochrome treatment. He works with a dip pen (Gillot 404 nib) and a Windsor & Newton Series 7 No.3 sable brush, as well as Rotring and marker pens, on 220 g/m² Daler Rowney Heavyweight Cartridge Paper.

The concentration on human features means that Yeowell's work is held to suit superhero, science fiction and historical genres equally. Recent work has included The Red Seas, an eighteenth-century pirate story scripted by Ian Edginton and science fiction Triad tale Red Fang by Steve Moore.


Comics work includes:

  • Zoids: "The Black Zoid" (with Grant Morrison, in Spider-Man and the Zoids #40–49, 1986–1987)[3]
  • Zenith (with Grant Morrison)
    • "Phase One" (in 2000 AD #535–549, 1987)
    • "Interludes 1 & 2" (in 2000 AD #558–559, 1988)
    • "Phase Two" (in 2000 AD #89-606, 1988)
    • "Interlude 3" (in 2000 AD Winter Special No. 1, 1988)
    • "Phase Three" (in 2000 AD #626–634, 650–662 & 667–670, 1989–1990)
    • "Phase Four" (in 2000 AD #791–806, 1992)
    • "" (in 2000 AD prog 2001, 2000)
  • Red Razors (with Mark Millar):
    • "Red Razors" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #1.8–1.15, 1991)
    • "The Secret Origin of Comrade Ed" (in Judge Dredd Mega-Special No. 5, 1992)
    • "Doctor's Orders" (in Judge Dredd 1993 Yearbook, 1992)
  • Maniac 5 (with Mark Millar):
    • "Maniac 5" (in 2000 AD #842–849, 1993)
    • "Maniac 6" (in 2000 AD #956–963, 1995)
  • Sinister Dexter (with Dan Abnett):
    • "Taking the Mick" (in 2000 AD #1079–1082, 1998)
    • "Dead Man Whacking" (in 2000 AD #1108–1109, 1998)
    • "'Twas the Fight Before Christmas" (in 2000 AD #1124, 1998)
    • "Write from Wrong" (in 2000 AD #1345–1347, 2003)
    • "Life's A Beach" (in 2000 AD #1433–1435, 2003)
  • Devlin Waugh (with John Smith):
    • "Chasing Herod" (in 2000 AD #1149–1167, 1999)
    • "Reign of Frogs" (in 2000 AD #1168–1173, 1999)
  • Red Fang (with Steve Moore, in 2000 AD #200-1211, 2000)
  • Armitage: "Bodies of Evidence" (with Dave Stone, in Judge Dredd Megazine #3.64–67, 2000)
  • DeMarco (by Robbie Morrison):
    • "Deep Blue Death" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #4.03–4.05, 2001)
    • "The Fierce and the Furious" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #4.06–4.08, 2002)
  • DeMarco, P.I. (with Michael Carroll):
    • "The Whisper" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #343–348, 2013–2014)
    • "Déjà Vu" (in Judge Dredd Megazine #355–357, 2014)
  • The Red Seas (with Ian Edginton)
    • Under the Banner of King Death. The Red Seas Book I (in 2000 AD #1313–1321, 2002 ISBN 1-904265-68-5)
    • Twilight of the Idols. The Red Seas Book II (in 2000 AD prog 2004 & #1371–1379, 2003–2004 ISBN 1-904265-72-3)
    • "Meanwhile..." (in 2000 AD #1416–1419, 2004)
    • "Underworld. The Red Seas Book III" (in 2000 AD #1460–1468, 2005)
    • "The Hollow Land" (in 2000 AD #1491–1499, 2006)
    • "With a bound he was free..." (in 2000 AD #1513–1517, 2006)
    • "War Stories" (in 2000 AD #1562–1566, 2007)
    • "Old Gods" (in 2000 AD #1600-, 2008)


  • 1987 Zenith: "Phase One" won the Eagle Award for Favourite Single or Continued Story (British)


  1. ^ 2000 AD Thrillcast: The Thrill-Cast Supplemental #3: Steve Yeowell, 09:45 to 12:07
  2. ^  
  3. ^ The Black Zoid


External links

  • 2004 interview with 2000ADReview
  • Month of Art Stars: Artist's Choice – Steve Yeowell, Comics Should Be Good, Comic Book Resources, 5 July 2009
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